By Renny MacKay
Laramie, WY – Classes at the University of Wyoming start on Monday and the school expects to see a two percent increase in enrollment. That would put U-W's on and off-campus enrollment at more than 13 thousand students. Vice President for Student Affairs, Sara Axelson, says they have had to recruit broadly to increase student numbers because there are fewer students graduating from Wyoming's schools.
"We've had a declining high school class and so being able to attract students from out of state has been very important for us and something really exciting this fall is that our international students continue to grow."
Axelson says there are now 700 international students at U-W. That's twice as many as ten years ago.
She says the overall enrollment growth has been steady, which is something they prefer because it allows them to prepare the space in classrooms and dorms.